Small Adventures on the Coast of Maine

Coastal cruising and travel essays.

While many people think of Kittery as outlet heaven, Maine’s southernmost town has a more charming historic side, with lovely old homes and a bustling downtown, centered around Wallingford Square.
Far from Bar Harbor’s summer bustle, Southwest Harbor is known as Mt. Desert Island’s quiet side.
Writer Mimi Steadman visits Biddeford Pool, a community of shingle-style cottages in Saco Bay. Named Winter Harbor by the Europeans who settled there in the 1600s, it should have been called Summer Harbor, because summer is when the town buzzes with activity.
Waiting to Be Discovered
Isle au Haut
South Bristol and Christmas Cove
Northern Islands Sweet Spot
Casco Passage
Seguin Island: Well worth the effort
Enjoy a look at the fine summer homes while cruising the coast of Islesboro
Inner Northeast Harbor is naturally snug and well-protected
Docking, dining, and hiking—plus views of Mount Desert Island.
Gunkholing with Gizmo: Robinhood, Riggs Cove
Gunkholing with Gizmo: Rockland Harbor, End to End
Gunkholing with Gizmo: Scarborough Marsh
Gunkholing with Gizmo: Prouts Neck
Gunkholing with Gizmo: Burnt Island, North Haven
Gunkholing with Gizmo: Frenchboro, Long Island
Swan Island is accessible only by boat. Thus it is a haven for wildlife, and a camping, paddling, and hiking adventure unto itself.
Gunkholing with Gizmo: Hog Island, Muscongus Bay
Gunkholing with Gizmo: Cobscook Bay
Gunkholing with Gizmo: Fort Point, Stockton Springs
Gunkholing with Gizmo: Eastport